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The Best Way to get Pregnant with PCOS

Getting pregnant when you have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is certainly challenging. Among the many other effects of the syndrome, which include weight gain, hirsutism, skin discolouration and higher than average reported rates of anxiety and depression, it also has a dramatic impact on your menstrual cycle.

One of the factors behind PCOS is an excess of androgen. Often thought of as a male sex hormone, it is produced naturally by the female body, but in too great a quantity it can interfere with your ovulation. Too much androgen slows down the maturation of eggs in the ovaries and delays or prevents ovulation when one is released into the fallopian tubes.

If you’re trying to get pregnant when you have PCOS there are two main things you need to do: firstly, encourage your body to ovulate more frequently and regularly, then secondly, identify when you are ovulating so you can target your attempts to conceive over that key event. You stand the best chance of getting pregnant naturally if you’re trying in the days around the presence of a fertile egg in your fallopian tubes – your fertile window. So, to boost your chances you need to ensure this happens regularly, predictably and that you know about it!

Ovulating More

If you want to ovulate more frequently there are steps you can take to counteract the effects of PCOS. If you can lose the weight PCOS causes you to gain, the drop in the level of insulin in your system can also lessen the intensity of its other effects, including the ones that reduce your fertility.

There is also medication that can help – either by helping your body use and reduce the amount of insulin in your system, or by directly encouraging your ovaries to ovulate more. A combination of changes to your diet, exercise regime and medication should be able to provide a regular and frequent schedule for ovulation!

Detecting When You Ovulate

Working to restart and regularise when you ovulate doesn’t do you any good if you can’t identify when you ovulate.

Some of the most widespread means of detecting ovulation, known as Ovulation Predictor Kits, aren’t much use when you have PCOS. OPKs work by checking your urine for the hormones related to ovulation, and if your hormones are being disrupted, then it makes it hard to pick up an accurate result.

OvuSense uses your Basal Body Temperature, which is not affected by hormone issues. Using a special sensor to take your temperature through the night to access this basic temperature, we then send the results through a tested algorithm to turn your temperature readings into an accurate prediction of when you’re going to ovulate to give you the best possible chance of getting pregnant with PCOS.

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